For early career scientists, the meeting was a great opportunity to learn more about what is being done with organs-on-a-chip, and to discuss how it can be improved to pave the way for more reliable and humane approaches in biomedical research and toxicology.
Whenever Professor Don Ingber of the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering gives his take on disease modelling, drug development and personalised medicine, you can be sure biomedical scientists, pharmaceutic industry and clinicians tune in.
Dr Adrian Biddle is a group leader and senior lecturer in animal replacement science within the Centre for Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research at the Blizard Institute, Queen’s Medical University London.
His research interest is cancer stem cells in oral cancer and the importance of using human disease models for studies of tumour spread and therapeutic resistance.
Dr Ingber – who helped create organ-on-a-chip technology that has advanced medical research – will receive the specially commissioned accolade during Animal Free Research UK’s international Science Conference in Birmingham next month, December 14-15th, and will give a keynote speech.